survivor girl ukulele band

bringing restoration and hope to survivors of human trafficking through the healing power of music and love

survivor boy??? ukulele band

IMG_7135

did i mention the boys? yes! i’m now teaching ukulele to boys — because boys are survivors of human trafficking, too.

a few weeks ago i started taking the trek out to the odanadi boys home. it’s two hours away. one of those hours is on a bus, and the other is trudging a dusty road in the blazing sun.

it’s quite a breath of fresh air to be out at the boys home. the boys — in contrast to my girl students who fight, yell, and slap a lot — are very kind to each other. they play ball together, and the bigger ones look out for the little ones, and they’re so well-behaved and attentive that even though i arrive at the boys home wilted and windblown, i leave refreshed and inspired.

on the way back to town gajendra* gives me a ride on the back of his ancient bicycle, which is outfitted with a super-comfortable wire book-holder contraption. the bumpy dirt and stone road makes the ride a real treat. and keeping my feet off the ground gives my core a good workout, too. it’s a very glamorous and exotic life that i lead here in india.

binod*, who had to wait for the second batch class, was so excited to learn how to play ukulele he started practicing on the box 🙂

IMG_5607

kayaan* is a natural talent with a great ear. he picks it up so quickly i feel like a teaching genius.

IMG_6090

this is chandresh*. he’s eight years old and he says, “sister!” and when he has my attention he says, “sister. slowly.” and then he shows me what he’s learned.

IMG_6793

even though the boys classes started after the girls, they are quickly catching up. i see joy and a sense of accomplishment on their faces, and i feel so privileged to be here doing this survivor boy??? ukulele band thing.

i couldn’t do this with out the many back home who pray for me, encourage me, and fund me. thank you for being part of the band.

*names are changed

 

p.s. in the hot season, i have since started taking an auto-rickshaw to and from the boys home — which saves not only time, but a lot of wear and tear 🙂

Single Post Navigation

3 thoughts on “survivor boy??? ukulele band

  1. Fantastic, Laurie. Thank you

  2. Margaret on said:

    You are such an inspiration. Love you.

  3. As ever, a really heart-warming tale. Hope it continues to go well.
    Jeanette

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: